Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012...

It's hard to believe it's the last day of 2012.  Where does the time go?  It's been a very busy year.  The older the kids get the more it seems we have going on all the time.  I have been a very bad blogger this year, but I'm hoping to be better next year.  I love going back and reading my early blog posts.  I shared so much about the kids growing up, things I probably wouldn't remember otherwise.  It makes me sad that I haven't been doing much of that lately.

 I've been inspired by one teacher's blog.  She committed to blogging every day for a year.  Her blog is so positive and so inspirational.  She inspires me as a teacher and a person.  I don't know if I'll be able to post every single day, but I'm stealing a couple ideas from her for myself this year.  The first is listing five blessings every Friday.  What a powerful, uplifting way to end the week.  She also does poetry constantly with her classes.  This is inspiring me to do "Poetry Wednesdays" in all my classes.  You can look for my own poems here every Wednesday.  I'm also going to try for a creative Saturday, so I'm posting at least one piece of artwork per week.  Hopefully I'll have more, but we'll see.

I wanted to share a few highlights from this year:

Austin turned 10 with a bowling party with friends at Westy's

Brendan turned 7 with a Star Wars party at Bodies in Motion

In March, we went to California to visit family and celebrate my Grandpa's birthday

And the Star Wars exhibition at the Discovery Science Center (I wanted Disneyland, but was outvoted by my Star Wars nuts)

Then to Vegas for a wedding.  I got to meet Blake Shelton, but was so excited I messed up the photo.

In June, we went on an Alaskan Cruise.  By far the highlight of our year!!

After we got back from our cruise, my grandparents came to visit.  It was so much fun having them here.  

Over the summer, there was fishing,

 swimming (both boys mastered the high dive)

Bike Riding,

 Camel's Back Park,

And Bruneau Sand Dunes

Over Labor Day, we went to Seattle to see the King Tut Exhibit

and the Mariner/Angel game.

We had French dress up day for the School Auction.

We had a scare with our little B, who had pneumonia.

Both boys played basketball this year.  AAU for Austin
 and YBall for Brendan.

In December, Mike and I took an early anniversary trip to Seattle to see the Seahawks play the Cardinals.

We celebrated 14 years on December 26th.

Others I couldn't readily find photos of: my sister came with her kids and the boys got to spend time with their cousins.  .  Andy came to visit over the summer and Sondra is here right now.  On Christmas Eve, my brother, Taylor and his girlfriend, Kaitlin, got engaged!!

I think that about sums up our year.  Here's to 2013 and the many blessings to come!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November Scrap Club and Fall Photos

As usual, I've been a terrible blogger.  Maybe even a little more extreme this time around.  Life just gets  so busy, and if I'm online at all, I'm on my iPad, which isn't the easiest to blog from.  I'd like to say I'll do better, but that usually only lasts a little while.  I do have lots to share, though.  I'm hoping to spend some time on here updating the last couple months of projects.  For now, I'll settle with posting this month's club pages.

Layout One:  We will use Burlap Ribbon to create the banner.

 Layout Two

Layout Three (photo similar)

 On Friday, the boys and I had the day off, so we went to the park to go to the Art Museum and then enjoy the beautiful fall colors.  This time of year is one of my favorite reasons to live in Boise.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

How can it be Back to School Already??

We started back to school this week, as you saw in my last post, and after the first three days, I am exhausted!!  Was it really only a three day week?  We did have a great start.  I'm loving both the 7th and 8th grade classes, and I think it's going to be a great year for me.  I can't believe this is my 5th year at the school.

Austin is in 5th grade, and it's kind of a shock.  I was on recess duty and he came over and gave me a hug.  I asked him what in the world he was doing out there and he looked at me funny and said he was at recess.  I didn't even think about him being out there with the middle schoolers this year.  Two more years and he'll be in my class--wow!  He likes his teachers this year.  He actually has 4 teachers this year.  Three of them are male, so I think that will be great for him and his class.  He's excited about all the field trips this year!

My baby is in 2nd grade this year.  It seems like he just started kindergarten.  He's definitely not a baby anymore.  He is loving school so far, although he wasn't happy that he had homework his second day and big brother didn't.  I told him not to worry, fifth graders have plenty of homework.  This year his class is buddy classes with my seventh grade class.  This means we walk to church with them, read with them, and have activities together throughout the year.  That should be fun.  He was so cute.  When I asked him if he had someone he wanted to be his buddy from my class, he pointed at me.  Awww...I'll cherish that knowing that someday that won't be the case.

It's scary how fast these boys are growing up.  Other teachers I work with are sending their kids off to high school and college this year.  Before I know that's going to be me.  I don't know if I'll ever be ready for that.  I love that they are getting so independent, but it still makes this mama sad!

We ended the week by going to the fair with Grandma and Papa.  We had fun, but it was crazy packed.  We ended up getting home at 12:30 am.  The boys went on several rides and there were lots of laughs.



Getting a lift from Dad on the way out.  He was soooo tired!